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(5400) Aufstieg oder Abstieg? | Exakt | MDR - YouTube
https://youtu.be/Zwht_rM_zqU // Herkunfts bestimmt, weil Herkunft laesst sich nicht abschuetteln. "Habitus" in Soziologie genannt. ... Socialism - Ganztagsgesamtschulen ... // Granulare Gesellschaft Granularer Lebenslauf
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
Leak shows 'devastating' impact of planned NHS cuts in London | Society | The Guardian
“capped expenditure process” [...] “Some of the proposals could challenge fundamental expectations shared by NHS staff and the public about what the health service is there to provide. We can not do that without a full and proper debate”, said Saffron Cordery, the organisation’s director of policy and strategy.
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Postcode lottery of cancer survival exposed by health inequalities report (From HeraldScotland)
MEN with prostate cancer living in the most deprived communities in Scotland are nearly twice as likely to die from the illness as those in the most affluent postcodes, according to new research exposing the "cancer survival gap" between rich and poor patients.

Analysis of the six most common cancers - including prostate, breast, head and neck, colorectal, liver and lung cancer - found that the risk of death was anything from 28 to 98 per cent higher in deprived areas depending on the type.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Independent research exposes Tory schools funding lie - YouTube
hidden cuts to education. shrinking real terms bc of inflation. some schools consider running either even bigger classes +30 or 4 day school week. // schools budget overall protected, but not from inflation.
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Dear Nicola, I voted Yes, I think you're great, but I'm #NoVotesSNP
Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities. [...] Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities.This was no home at all. This was an open-plan torture chamber where deprivation, in the truest sense of the word, was the absolute default position. A home where poverty had not only corrupted people, but left them grotesquely deformed. [...] There is no pragmatism where inequality is concerned. There is only action and inaction. If you can't make an argument for slightly higher taxes to a class of educated people who are fortunate enough to be doing well in a terminally unequal society then I already know what is required of me as a citizen. [...] She died because she happened to be born into poverty. And we grieved for her death while growing up poor. Now her ghost follows all of us wherever we go.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Sustainability or Prosperity? Why Not Both? | PolicyCast
describes the rapidly growing field of sustainability science, which combines a variety of disciplines in both the hard and social sciences to find paths towards a sustainable future. //&! Book Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice – (2016) by Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson. //&! http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/publications/insight/international/william-clark &! https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=LkLCmQwAAAAJ&hl=en &! http://earthsky.org/human-world/william-c-clark-defines-sustainable-development &! Jeffrey Sachs - Global Cooperation and Sustainable Development - youtu.be/cRWtRh3yLI0 &! "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet." - youtu.be/n3kzzVP2c7w &! Jeffrey Sachs: "The Price of Civilization" - youtu.be/_G6SYmQ0swg - profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects: jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016 shows Osborne's failure on debt, surplus, GDP
// higher in-work poverty
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith resigns: Why? What next? - BBC Newsnight
youtu.be/e2XyYgkYNFE - Resignation stuck a knife into George Osborne. // working age on the bottom of the pile bore the burden of austerity. [...] weakness of labour party could mean Conservative will be in power for a long time. [...] this is big shot of Tory-out vs Tory-in. They wanted Osborne to fail. // tax credits, Google Tax Deal, ESA, PIP/DLA, .... //&! Iain Duncan Smith First interview since his shock resignation - youtu.be/hr5-WbzevyM &! youtu.be/ntKf3HtVNxs - lower gov income (income tax receipts and corp tax) pushed things ahead. No 10 ran DWP ... // Marr Show papers: IDS's resignation and budget shambles (20 Mar 16) - youtu.be/ZkNOxXZW9Kw //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw //&! Iain Duncan Smith Resignation Nothing To Do With EU - youtu.be/MJr2WmVtV1c &! youtu.be/_nAHvGZYkfY &! youtu.be/kvmOPZ0wP3o &! youtu.be/Hu_pnQBITPI
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith QUITS Cabinet with vicious swipe at George Osborne over shambolic disability benefit cut U-turn Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3499499/Work-Pensions-Secretary-Iain-Duncan-Smith-QUITS-Cabin
[ we are all in this together ] [IDS PIP cuts] 'not defensible' alongside the tax breaks for the wealthy in this week's Budget. [...] He branded slash in benefits for the disabled as being 'indefensible.' IDS hit out at Osborne for lack of awareness and for letting the welfare system be 'salami-sliced' [...] 'I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest,' he wrote. The former Tory leader and standard-bearer for the Eurosceptic Right of the party admitted he wanted to cut benefits enjoyed by wealthy pensioners, but these plans were blocked by the Chancellor and the Prime Minister. [...] Mr Duncan Smith believed the Chancellor was too sly and devious in the way he went about balancing the nation’s books. [ Osborne wanted also to increase VAT Solar Panels ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: the productivity and prosperity puzzle
It wasn't so much "here's a rabbit from the hat" but more: "look over there - a squirrel!" [...] [Productivity] turned out disappointingly again. And that's knocked back the growth estimates for the economy, as well as for pay, for tax revenue, and for company profits over the rest of the decade.
Britain's not alone in that. But keeping company with the USA on such numbers is not that reassuring. [...] And as that is the main, long-term driver of real pay, it means Britain's standard of living will improve from the recession, but at only two thirds of the rate we've come to expect. [ Recovery ] average year saw only 0.1% per year.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
'Graph of Doom' warning to Highland councillors
deprived areas have low tax base to fund welfare and social care, and w demographic bubble, less income tax receipts. this is a double whammy to fund demand of babyboomers. // In a paper to councillors, officers quote research such as a London borough council's "Graph of Doom" showing the effect of spending cuts on services.
The Highland officials also make reference to political commentators describing a period of "perma-austerity" for local government.
They recommend that the council reviews its priorities.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Higher rate tax cut is 'wrong choice', says Nicola Sturgeon
[we are all in this together ] [ tax cut for one, and cut away +1bn in PIP ] the starting point for paying 40p income tax in the rest of the UK will be raised from £43,000 to £45,000. [...] Scotland's 40p tax payers: 372,000 - Approximate total number. 10% - Working population. £190m Value of 40p tax cut plan. 14,000 Workers removed from rate by cut [...] Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell backed the threshold change.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Every English school to become an academy, ministers to announce | Education | The Guardian
Education bill, set to be published within days, will take every single school in England out of local government control, Legislation to turn every school in England into an academy independent of local authority control will be unveiled in the budget on Wednesday. Draft leglislation, to be published possibly as early as Thursday, will begin the process of implementing a pledge made by David Cameron in his conference speech last autumn. The prime minister said his “vision for our schooling system” was to place education into the hands of headteachers and teachers rather than “bureaucrats”. [...] accountability and oversight falls on to Whitehall alone. [...] “no evidence to suggest that academisation in and of itself leads to school improvement”. [...] Concerns have already been raised about whether there would be enough good sponsors to take on schools.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget cuts pose 'serious danger' to education standards - Press and Journal
There is a “serious danger” that severe budget cuts will mean that schools will not be able to maintain their current standards of education, headteachers have warned. Schools across England are being forced to cut courses, equipment and books, increase class sizes and make redundancies amid a continuing squeeze on finances, according to the Association
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Expect more teenage pregnancies and STIs as public health cuts kick in | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ cut public health budget (prevention & intervention) by +200m ] Slicing money out of local prevention services is ‘economically nonsensical’, completely undermining the pledge to pump billions into the NHS [...] 77% [of councils] said they expected obesity interventions to be cut [...] total spend on STIs by 2020 could top £6bn. [...] Every £1 spent on contraception saves £11 in healthcare costs. Cuts to sexual health sector are economically nonsensical [ TORIES SET NHS UP TO FAIL! Simon Stevens is being ser-up to fail! ] //&! King's Fund analysis - bit.ly/1DsQcFS //&! bit.ly/1TTUVFP - short-termism. with cuts to prevention, and no new prevention initiatives ie sugar tax and processed food tax and meat tax (burger king and co), health coaches at gp surgeries ... 5 year nhs budget targets will be overrun massively by 2020. Simon Stevens is asked to resign before 2020 election.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
House of Lords votes to keep income-related child poverty measures | Society | The Guardian
[ trying to redefine poverty! ] Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, announced the proposals in July, prompting dismay among child poverty charities. He said the government would scrap its measurement of child poverty and the aim to eradicate it by 2020, while replacing it with a new duty to report levels of educational attainment, worklessness and addiction. Under his plans, the old measurement, based on the percentage of households with below-average income, would continue to be published as a government statistic but would no longer be seen as a target. However, peers voted by 290 to 198 to keep the targets, in a move to prompt the House of Commons to think again. [...] [ TRICKLE-DOWN! ] David Freud, the welfare minister, opposed the amendment on behalf of the government, saying “life chances” indicators were a better way of monitoring what was happening and of directing resources most effectively to tackle the problem.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Tooth decay still on the rise among English children - BBC News
figures [are] "disappointing". [C]hildren in England drank more sugary drinks than anywhere in Europe. "Even though people understand the impact of a sugary diet so many children have advanced tooth decay - a highly preventable disease," said Ms Hurley. "We are also creating a legacy of obesity and significant health problems. "If we are to get serious about tackling this then prevention is the key," she added. [...] Prof Nigel Hunt from the Royal College of Surgeons said: "An almost 10% increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital for tooth extraction due to decay over a four-year period is unacceptable." "The need for tooth extraction continues to be the number one reason why five to nine-year-old children are admitted to hospital." He also said that poor oral health education was another reason for the rise. 'Deprivation correlation' [...] "As deprivation increases so does the rate of tooth extraction."
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Secondary school places for all 'undeliverable', councils warn - BBC News
[ planning taken out of hands of councils ] [ first the teachers strike (2014), then the doctors strike (2015/2016) - bit.ly/1T3QTfc ] The legal duty of councils in England to ensure that every child has a school place could soon become undeliverable, local authorities have warned. With a population bulge about to hit secondary schools, councils want powers to open new maintained schools and to compel academies to expand. Thousands of children are due to hear on Tuesday which secondary school they will attend from September. However the government says the warning amounts to "scaremongering". The population bulge which has put primary schools under pressure will start hitting secondary schools this year, according to official figures. Last year councils had to provide 2,740,000 secondary school places, but this will rise to 3,287,000 by 2024, the figures predict.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Sir Tom Hunter: Education reform needs 'open mind' - BBC News
attainment gap - The attainment gap is where children from poorer neighbourhoods do worse at school than those from better off areas. He found that good leadership and innovation were two key areas to tackling this problem. // money for more assistant teachers, better teachers, and school lunches? and counselling for children and parents?
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC One - My Baby, Psychosis and Me
post code lottery for proper right suitable treatment
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
GPs call for more Scottish government funding - BBC News
GPs have lost out on £1.6bn of investment over the last 10 years, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland. It claims there have been "cumulative cuts" to general practice's share of NHS Scotland spending over a decade. The RCGP Scotland is lobbying for general practice to receive 11% of the Scottish NHS budget. But ministers insisted GP funding had increased each year under the SNP administration. The RCGP said Scots had lost about 4.5 million consultations per year over 10 years and called for the Scottish government to stop the decline in funding. Opposition parties also hit out at the "staggering level of underinvestment" in community health. //&! Labour and the SNP trade claims over hospital waiting times - bbc.in/1VArMON
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rural schools failing poor children compared to inner city - BBC News
[ higher tax base, higher spend / lower tax base, lower spend. there have to be subsidies for poorer areas to get quality teachers and the numbers # and up to standard school rooms. // South UK and rest UK difference. ] According to the 2015 figures from Ofsted, the schools regulator, 45% of pupils in Birmingham from poorer backgrounds achieved five GCSEs, grades A*- C, including English and maths. That compared with 35% in Worcestershire and 32% in Shropshire. Laura Fitzjohn, from Ofsted, said councils were shocked when shown the figures, and realised there was more they could do to improve the situation. //&! Children with poor language skills at age five are significantly more likely to struggle with maths at age 11, a study for Save the Children suggests. - bbc.in/1RNG1kd
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Die Macht der Finanzkonzerne - Wie Blackrock mittels Geld die Welt regiert - YouTube
extraction of fat. no skin in the game. // Privatisation of housing stock - social and affordable, anglo saxon capitalism style; profit maximisation, dividends. // after Goldman Sachs the new vampiresquid // no skin in game; get money for speculation from pension funds, other investors, mutual funds. << that is the system! // nur wer geld hat, kann es vermehren. // nearly no governance, no guidelines regarding sustainability, ethics, transparency, morals. // no regulation = big profit and exploitation, corruption, bribery.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Matt Taibbi: Mitt Romney and the Looting of America (1/2) - YouTube
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heuschreckendebatte // companies turned into financial instruments. // fictionalisation of economy // >> money spend (debt) on hostile takeover/LBO/MBO/M&A are tax deductible! << = invest in debt, rather than equity! & carried interest is only taxed at 15% max. still can reduce it w deductions xyz. // !!! NO SKIN IN THE GAME !!! Nassim Taleb //
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Alzheimer: Warum für uns das Demenz-Risiko sinkt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ HEALTH INEQUALITY! & FOOD POVERTY - correlation ] Die Bevölkerung wird älter, also steigt auch die Zahl der Demenzkranken. Doch Forscher haben festgestellt: Für den Einzelnen ist das Risiko heute niedriger. Woran liegt das? [...] Allerdings sank das Risiko nur für jene Teilnehmer, die einen Schulabschluss oder einen höheren Bildungsgrad hatten. [...] Dass es trotzdem Grund zur Hoffnung gibt, könnte auch an einer besseren Behandlung von Bluthochdruck liegen. Dieser Fortschritt trägt laut Langa dazu bei, dass das Demenzrisiko des Einzelnen sinkt. Man nimmt an, dass Bluthochdruck unter anderem zu Hirnverletzungen führen und dadurch eine Demenz fördern kann. [ no, see nutritionfacts. it's heart disease ] [...] Für viele Krankheiten gilt: Einen Großteil der gewonnenen Lebenszeit sind Menschen von Krankheiten geplagt, länger zu leben heißt vor allem länger krank zu sein.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Can Liverpool's new hospital make the whole city healthier – and wealthier? | Cities | The Guardian
Jackson also says the trust is working hard to reduce the length of time patients – especially older people – will stay in the hospital. In part by helping people to stay at home for longer and return home more quickly. “Gerontologists will tell you that a 60-year-old who spends 14 nights in hospital will age 10 years,” Jackson says. Speeding up the time it takes to generate results such as ultrasounds will also reduce the time all patients have to spend in the hospital. [...] Despite the city’s fortunes improving in recent years, Liverpool is still one of the most deprived areas of the country [...] while the average household income is £22,787 – £14,000 lower than the national average (pdf) – and four in 10 children live in low income households – more than double the national average.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS mental health funding falls in England - FoI figures - BBC News
[ minority of patients. Can't do that with cancer treatment! Public sentiment would rip you apart. ] Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed the budgets for mental health trusts fell by 2% from 2013/14 to 2014/15. This compares to a rise of 2.6% in hospital trusts' operating budgets, according to analysis by the Health Foundation think-tank. The Department of Health said mental health care funding overall was rising. In the year to April 2016 the budget for mental health trusts was projected to rise just 0.3%. Of the 53 out of 59 mental health trusts in England which responded to the FOI request, 29 said their budget would be lower this year than last. [...] funding is not keeping pace - and many are facing cuts. [...] In Scotland, mental health spending was up just 0.1% last year, and down a projected 0.4% this year. [...] money increasingly is getting sucked in to meet their rising costs, [ diet-related and chronic preventable diseases ] & bbc.in/243Y4Yp
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Police drop Kids Company abuse investigation | UK news | The Guardian
[ were they led to believe? who put in the claims? was it from the top? to make the problem go away finally, forever? - bit.ly/1TZqe2k ] Scotland Yard says no evidence was found to justify referring allegations of physical and sexual abuse to prosecutors //&! - Kids Company founder says 'malicious' child abuse claims led to closure Camila Batmanghelidjh says exemplary charity was overwhelmed with demand and tells Guardian of her anger at betrayal of children, staff and donors - bit.ly/1P0td50 //&! Kids Company debacle raises questions about social work reforms. David Cameron and Michael Gove were strong supporters of the failed charity. Can their new direction on child protection really be trusted? - http://bit.ly/1VclPr5 //&! Social workers aren't failing the system – the system is failing them The government’s focus on overhauling social workers’ education will not address the problems of recruitment and retention - bit.ly/1Qbcf7t & bit.ly/1WdmPKZ &! bit.ly/1SNuoLD
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nicky Morgan MP: This is what people really think about the Tory Education Secretary | UK Politics | News | The Independent
Nicky Morgan MP: This is what people really think about the Tory Education Secretary Sources in No 10 say she allows Michael Gove to continue calling the shots from the shadows [...] When David Cameron brought in Nicky Morgan as his new Education Secretary, it was widely assumed that Michael Gove had become too unpopular with teachers to remain in the role. [...] Tomorrow, David Cameron will make a major speech on education in which he will detail his personal reasons for supporting the state system and say that, having had an extraordinary education himself, he wants every child to have the same.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Mental health beds search 'a scandal' - BBC News
[ cut bets and cut nurses and other positions ] President of the RCP, Prof Sir Simon Wessely, said: "Everyone agrees that it is a scandal that patients with serious mental disorders who need admission can end up being sent anywhere from Cornwall to Cumbria in a search for a bed. And yet it continues. "The answers lie not in just providing more beds, although there are definitely places where that might help in the short term, but assessing the entire system." The report, led by former chief executive of NHS England, Lord Nigel Crisp, said access to acute care for severely ill adult mental health patients was inadequate nationally and, in some cases, potentially dangerous. [...] 'Breaking point' Minister for Mental Health, Alistair Burt, said the report would help to shape planned changes to build a better mental health service. "NHS England will soon be publishing its independent Mental Health Taskforce report, backed by the £1bn investment announced by the prime minister...
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
UK cancer death rates after diagnosis drop 10% in ten years | Society | The Guardian
A greater number of people, however, are being diagnosed with and dying from cancer due to age and lifestyle factors [...] But the growing numbers of people being diagnosed with cancer as the population ages and obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and drinking take their toll, has climbed, which means the actual number of deaths each year has risen over the last decade. Some cancers continue to pose a major problem: the death rates from liver and pancreatic cancer are rising, not falling. [...] regional variations are sometimes shocking. In some areas, people diagnosed with lung cancer are four times more likely to die than in others. That is partly because in some less affluent places, lung cancer caused by smoking is more common and people have more advanced disease when they finally see the GP. But there are also variations in standards of care. [...] [ look at ] Five-year cancer survival rates, % [ if you survive, you are lucky for 5 years. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: David Cameron urged to 'think again' on ESA cuts - BBC News
[ we should help them get back to work ... 'by cutting their existence and add to worry, subsistence living and food and fuel poverty' ] Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged David Cameron to "think again" about cuts to employment and support allowance, warning that it will badly impact cancer patients and people with "severe" disabilities. Raising the topic at PMQs, Mr Corbyn said the government should not try to reverse its defeat in the House of Lords over the plans to cut the benefit by £30 a week. The PM said existing ESA claimants unable to work would not lose any money. "But in future, those who are able to get back to work, we should help them get back to work. That is what a compassionate country does," he added, and went on to attack Labour's health and economic policies in Wales and Scotland.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: the Tories new plan to squeeze the working poor (From Herald Scotland)
[ great picture of IDS. redistribution from bottom to the top. ] THE TORY government been attacked over plans to extend controversial benefit sanctions to claimants with jobs, with critics warning introducing the "shockingly harsh" penalties risks plunging workers into poverty. A number of pilot schemes are currently being carried out in the UK – including in Inverness – to assess a new scheme which the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) says is aimed at helping workers on low earnings take on more hours and increase their income. Benefits can be stopped if claimants fail to meet requirements outlined by the DWP – such as missing Jobcentre appointments or failing to show evidence of looking for more work for a certain number of hours a week, on top of their usual job.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rules relaxed to become a teacher due to staffing crisis (From Herald Scotland)
[ hiring foreigners ] TEACHER shortages have forced their watchdog to relax the rules on joining the profession. Classroom staff who have qualified outside the country will now be allowed to work in a school immediately under a new conditional registration. People who secure a job in this way will be put on probation while they complete any additional studies or training required for full registration, a legal requirement.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Sources: Vegas-based Work In Progress co-work space is shutting its doors
Organic is better is more sustainable // Vegas Downtown Project // have a framework (macroprudential policy), but don't pick winners, cities, regions, ... roundabouts. // semiconductor boom bust in scotland, outside glasgow, area - via tax breaks (ie IBM spango vallye)
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The penny rise is a taxing problem - BBC News
scottish labour doesn't get it. proposing 1% income tax increase on all earners. which is not progressive.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
A day in court showed me the misery of Britain’s housing policy | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
The housing crisis they inherited has worsened as rents rise, but David Cameron and George Osborne’s cuts to social housing are a bizarre response: the housing and planning bill going through parliament marks the end of the social housing era. Not by accident but by deliberate policy, 88,000 council homes to rent will be lost, says the Conservative-controlled Local Government Association. Labour says the total will be 180,000 by 2020. Money is sucked out of social housing into the Treasury, as the 1% rent cut saves on the housing benefit bill by stealing funds due to pay for new social homes. Half of all renters get some housing benefit, with the continuous rise in rents. Cutting that support simply propels more into homelessness.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Long hours, endless admin and angry parents – why schools just can’t get the teachers | Education | The Guardian
British schools are reporting a classroom crisis, with thousands of disaffected teachers leaving the profession, and new graduates discouraged from training because of the daily stress and grind. And with the number of state school pupils set to rise by a million by 2022, the problem is only getting worse [...] If somebody had said, ‘You can have 60 grand a year to stay,’ I would still have said no // Education secretary Nicky Morgan. // [...] Some of the factors behind stories like these are traceable to the New Labour years, but many are rooted in Michael Gove’s hyperactive four-year reign as education secretary. They go from never-ending paperwork, to a constantly changing regime of exams and assessments. Meanwhile, the prospect of a visit from Ofsted and the possibility of a bad inspection are a constant source of stress – not least because a “requires improvement” or the dread “inadequate” rating will mean even more upheaval. [ top down non-professional insight/exp burokratie ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Why postcodes are determining fertility treatment - BBC News
austerity! >> IVF treatment is minority on budget and on peoples mind! // Health chiefs have blamed the cuts on "extremely challenging financial circumstances". Each IVF cycle costs individual CCGs anywhere between £1,300 and £6,000, depending on geography. Mid-Essex said it treated about 100 people a year, and could make annual savings of £750,000 by ending specialist fertility services. Its medical director, Dr Donald McGeachy, told Inside Out he could understand patients' "displeasure" at the cuts. But he said with a £9m deficit to plug, tough decisions had to be made. "We try very hard to provide everything that we need, but there are some things that we are not going to be able to do," Dr McGeachy added. [...] !!! One in six couples in the UK struggles to conceive, making fertility concerns one of the most common reasons women visit their GP. !!! //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=fertility
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cay Johnston; How The One Percent Enrich Themselves at Government Expense, part 1 - YouTube
min 10 - gov sets the rules and rule define the civilisation and the quality of lives. // min14 - people don't want you to see and know what they are doing [...[ you need journalist who are sceptical about what the gov is saying and telling you what they do, but what the gov is actually doing >> truth tends to lead to better policy << [...] you publish when you have it, not when its good timing. // 23:40 - moral point of Super Rich and tax evasion/avoidance.Andrew Mellon. Adam Smith and the Bible: taking from the poor and giving it to the rich. is a denounced evil. you society will come to ruins. AND HERE COMES DAVID CAMERON in his christmas/new years message with CHRISTIAN VALUES! What a liar, what a hypocrite. - ind.pn/1ZqA8eh - David Cameron says Christian values make Britain successful. Why? - bit.ly/1WTGAJd &! bit.ly/1JwfUqp &! bbc.in/1ZqpPqG - << DWP Sanctions //32:40 flawed policy by flawed public understanding how the economy works and politics - disconnected from reality! -
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC News on the North South Divide with Tom Hunt - YouTube
multiplier effect of service sector job = 1 or lower. meaning need to access tax credits. //&! Northern Powerhouse dept to close Sheffield office and move 247 jobs to London. - Government business department shuts largest non-London office George Osborne’s ‘northern powerhouse’ policy questioned as branch closure in Sheffield casts doubt on chancellor’s pledge to revitalise English cities - bit.ly/1PDlgSA // also northern councils have to cut deeper than souther because of lower tax base!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
James Galbraith, Kate Pickett, Branko Milanovic - Consequences of Inequality and Wealth Distribution - YouTube
free education / land value tax / higher inheritance tax / abolition of private education / more progressive taxation / combat tax avoidance and tax evasion / ... Universal Basic Income //&! New Theoretical Perspectives on the Distribution of Income and Wealth Among Individuals - youtu.be/RO8KWTb2iPM - w Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman --- distinguishing between wealth and capital. ignore land (free yourself from Ricardo). land. credit. //&! David Cay Johnston: The Perils Of Our Growing Inequality - David Cay Johnston about his new book, Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality. - youtu.be/ok7ZJ8mS19Y
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
SPERI Annual Lecture 2015: 'The Failure of Austerity' by Lord Robert Skidelsky - YouTube
economic history - "state spending inherently unproductive." // borrowing is deferred taxation - David Richardo - Rational expectations. Market economy always tended full employment. // Theory and Facts did not align. Keynes realised it post-war. Private investment is inherently volatile, ie slump conditions. state to offset underinvestment of private sector and match their retreat. getting rid of abnormal unemployment. done through monetary expansion (QE) and put onto state balance sheet available to spend. // Where 2009 forward QE got to banks ... // Paul Krugman - Confidence Fairy. // "Look after employment, and the budget will look after itself." but today it's the bond holders confidence who shapes budgets. // Keynes 'it is the long-term confidence of businesses that shape investment, confidence in state to no let a slump happen again.' but austerity, out of ammo talk, political-, social environment/sentiment & Osborne's '2016 will be tough year' speech were counter-productive.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Aberdeen and Edinburgh highlighted in city economies report - BBC News
No Scottish cities were in the top 10 for "low-wage, high-welfare" economies. The 2016 report - described as a "health check" for the 63 largest UK cities - focused on Chancellor George Osborne's vow to build a "higher wage, lower welfare" economy, as set out in the Summer Budget 2015. >> It argued that nearly a million new jobs had been created in cities since 2010 - but that the average salary had also dropped by £1,300 per resident. 'High-wage, low-welfare' << [...] The think tank said the two areas' ability to attract high-skilled jobs - in the oil and professional services industries for example - was the key to their success. It argued that cities with high wages had seen faster jobs growth, with employment rising by 10% since 2010, compared with 3% in low-wage cities. [...] [ Housing Crisis across the country thus ] increased housing benefit payments.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS chief demands political consensus on funding elderly and social care | Society | The Guardian
Stevens believes David Cameron’s administration should look at all the options for finding the billions of pounds needed, including revisiting the “triple lock”, which guarantees Britain’s pensioners generous annual increases in their state pension until 2020. [ ie could tax big pensions! progressive tax on income vs flat income tax/NI and sugar tax, food chain tax, animal products tax, processed food tax, engineered food tax ] In an interview with the Guardian, Stevens suggested ministers should be prepared to risk upsetting Britain’s growing army of senior citizens by looking at whether the benefits they receive are fair to working-age and younger people. [...] Last week, the House of Commons work and pensions select committee launched an inquiry into income inequality between older and younger people. [...] [babyboomers get 118% out of what they've paid] //&! bit.ly/1OscF7D - how much is sick population willing to pay?
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
This is the NHS | The Guardian
series this is the nhs // intro bit.ly/1V08gdX - top 5 largest workforce of the world, employing 1.6m people. //&! A portrait of the National Health Service: 'It's almost like a religion' - bit.ly/1NeHbOq - At a critical moment in the NHS’s history, as demand for the care it provides soars and questions over its viability mount, how do its employees feel about their jobs, their employer, its future – and what “the opportunity to serve” actually means for them? [...] “We keep frail people alive for longer, and older patients present more complex cases, and use more resources. [ progressive NHS tax, not flat tax << fairness. also wealthier live healthier ... + Sugar, Tobacco, Animal Product Tax, Processed Food Tax ] [...] [ rising cost, rising diet-related chronic diseases like diabetes amongst population ] 15-16% of all adults, climbing 1% a year for the past five, six years. [ need intervention, prevention, nudging - multi pronged approach ] more than 135 diabetes amputations/week
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Dementia patients face 'Russian roulette' in hospital - BBC News
Dementia patients admitted to hospital in England play "Russian roulette" with their health, a charity is warning. The Alzheimer's Society said it had found "shocking" evidence of poor and variable care during its review.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Sean Bean’s battle cry: ‘I despair at the state of further education’ | Education | The Guardian
fight to save colleges from threat of funding cuts //&! The Tories’ assault on further education will cost Britain dearly. Colleges have been battered by cuts already – another round could destroy them. It is time we made David Cameron talk about it - http://bit.ly/1QeZ46n
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Wealthy areas 'getting cash aimed at poorer communities' - BBC News
[ when councils can not raise $ because there is no money $ then there needs to be redistribution. thus devolution praised to regenerate areas like the north, is a con trick. positioning. for votes. normal people don't read and think farther than headlines. ] Most of the money aimed at regenerating Scotland's most disadvantaged communities is going to wealthier areas, a report has said. The independent regeneration network, Surf, said current policies were increasing rather than reducing inequality. [...] The report said there was evidence that, following the financial crash of 2008, there was a trend of public and private sector capital being invested in Scotland's affluent areas and commercial centres with poorer areas missing out. It said that was damaging town centres and "secondary locations" such as Falkirk and Paisley. [...] fairer, wealthier and more successful place for everyone."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
More than 500,000 primary school pupils taught in 'super-size' classes | Education | The Guardian
New analysis shows schools being forced to exceed statutory limit of 30 to meet demand, with Labour blaming situation on Tory ‘fixation’ with free schools //&! Majority of teachers in survey know pupils who arrive at school hungry. Survey of teachers in England and Wales finds pupils who haven’t had breakfast are likely to be lethargic or disruptive in class - bit.ly/1RpcUnN
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Plan to end student grants without Commons vote outrages opposition | Politics | The Guardian
[ shifting public debt onto private debt balance sheet. = no vision! debt is still there in economy! paying higher interest rates. -- vs -- bankers gambling debt put on public balance sheet! ] Ministers have been accused of an “outrageous” attempt to sneak through their proposals to end student grants in England without proper scrutiny by MPs. The plan to scrap maintenance grants, which help half a million of the poorest students pay for university life, will go through a legislation committee on Thursday, without a vote and debate on the floor of the House of Commons. [...] Labour is opposing the change and the lack of scrutiny. Gordon Marsden, the shadow universities minister, said it was “not simply technical tinkering but a major change by the government that will deprive around half a million of England’s students from lower income and disadvantaged households, of maintenance grant funding”. // &! NHS nurse bursaries - ind.pn/1IYHYbk &! bit.ly/1IWZJI0 &! bbc.in/1RAhLRv
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Why The Crash of 2016 Will Happen... - YouTube
China's Credit Bubble popped. &! Could China Trigger the Crash of 2016? - youtu.be/JRw8JgP-L0A //&! IMF: "Age of America" Will End 2016: Steve Forbes on China - youtu.be/YxCxHM5Ax_k //&! Has The Crash of 2016 Now Begun? What Can & Should Be Done? - youtu.be/JwEDvXYVE_g - Richard Wolff, austerity failed what has been promised "business confidence." Smart money unloading started in 2015. "Silly China-bashing." China has capacity (over capacity) but western world has reached its credit limit! << youtu.be/L4J_n9pTdJQ codependent. //&! youtu.be/ORRPNO2XPDA - still too much debt, austerity flaws, no income growth to serve debt and not cut back on spending (private households), China exporting deflation.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Housing crisis hits 1960s levels as tenants battle to cope, says Shelter | Society | The Guardian
Shelter estimates that 250,000 homes a year, half of them “affordable”, need to be built in England if the crisis is to be addressed. However, latest figures show there were only 135,050 new homes over the past year, a rise of 17%, but still little more than half what is needed. [...] Figures released last week suggest that the number of tenants in serious arrears is rising. There were 84,200 tenants more than two months behind with their rent in the third quarter of 2015, the latest figures available, compared with 74,000 in the second quarter. Government statistics show that the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless families with children is rising. Over the past five years, the number of households living in B&Bs has more than doubled, from 2,050 to 5,270. Meanwhile, the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation has risen by 26% over five years, from 51,350 in 2010 to 64,710 in 2015.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Thomas Piketty on Capitalism, Corbyn and why Zuckerberg is getting it wrong - BBC Newsnight - YouTube
home ownership in UK is biggest item of UK's household wealth. 2/3rd of housing is owned. other 3rd is rented. that is why the property bubble/prices have to be kept afloat. otherwise balance sheet recession > deleveraging > debt servitude > lower consumption rate > cratering UK economy as ~70% of UK economy is based on consumption. // blaming others (ISIS) for radicalization. but who put them in this place to be radicalized, in the first place? inequality, youth unemployment. // COP21, western world do not face their historical obligation! // world wealth and income database - www.wid.world
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Hungarian PM says UK must alter tax credits plan for EU citizens | Politics | The Guardian
In a sign of the strength of feeling in eastern and central Europe over the proposed ban, Viktor Orbán said Hungarians should not be described as migrants anywhere in the EU, and said Cameron’s EU reform proposals must not be discriminatory. Orbán made his remarks at an upbeat press conference with his British counterpart in Budapest, in which he said he agreed with three out of the four reform proposals that Britain has tabled. His only disagreement is over the plan to ban EU workers from claiming in-work benefits for four years.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS in Scotland facing 'pressure', doctors warn - BBC News
The NHS in Scotland will face "significantly more pressure" in the coming year despite a budget increase, the doctors' leaders have warned. The British Medical Association claimed that "constrained resources" meant the health service was struggling to cope with increasing demands. BMA Scotland chairman Peter Bennie also said the number of jobs lying vacant could have a "detrimental impact". The Scottish government said it had a "clear vision for the future". [...] "The funding gap faced by the NHS set against rising demand and the impact of increasing consultant, specialty doctor and GP vacancies and unfilled trainee posts cannot be ignored, and we must establish ways to make Scotland's NHS a more attractive place to work. [...] NHS will face significantly more pressure as Scotland's population continues to age." [...] [Shona Robinson] ensuring our NHS is sustainable for future generations. [ << bottom up prevention and intervention ] [ disability from heart disease events ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 4 - Money Box, Gift Aid
When you give to charity do you tick the box that says please Gift Aid this donation? If you do then George Osborne kindly adds 25% to the gift. So if you give £100 it is worth £125 to the charity. This scheme costs more than £1 billion a year. But should we subsidise charities? One woman who thinks not is Lady Moyra Bannister. She wrote to the Times recently to argue that all gift aid should be scrapped. Paul Lewis asked her why. // >> individual chooses where his tax goes to. // companies also receive tax relief for investment // HMRC needs to close tax loopholes, for that needs some more staff to investigate dubious charities that are used as tax avoidance schemes.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Minimum alcohol pricing plan 'may breach EU law' - BBC News
[MPU] legislation is significantly to restrict the market, and this might be avoided by the introduction of a tax measure designed to increase the price of alcohol instead of a measure imposing a minimum price per unit of alcohol." [...] /// Instead it says increasing the tax on alcohol tax could be justified as it would combat alcohol misuse and wouldn't restrict the market. /// [...] Alison Douglas, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland [...] minimum pricing was a better measure than alcohol taxes, which are "limited in their ability to raise the price of the cheapest alcohol to a level that will actually reduce harm". [SWA] had "blocked the democratic will of the Scottish Parliament and sacrificed public health to protect their members' profits". [...] [BMA] "The case for minimum unit pricing has always been based on the fact that it achieves what taxation cannot[."] [...] "unhealthy relationship with drink". //&! bit.ly/1mglhVe
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Progress on social mobility 'too slow' - BBC News
Progress on closing the gap between rich and poor pupils has not moved fast or far enough to tackle the gulf within a divided Britain, a report says. [...] 'Stronger economy' A government spokesman said it was committed to an "all-out assault on poverty". "Our investment in childcare is helping parents get into work and give their children the best start in life, while the pupil premium and school reforms are ensuring every child gets a good education." The spokesman said work was the best way out of poverty, adding that the number of workless households was at a record low.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Three-quarters of police forces letting down vulnerable victims - watchdog | UK news | The Guardian
No single definition of vulnerability was identified, which HMIC said contributed to inconsistencies in data, but victims included children, disabled people and those subjected to repeat offences or abuse. HMIC said it had been tough in its gradings because “small failures may have tragic consequences”. Of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, HMIC judged 12 to be good and none outstanding in protecting and supporting vulnerable people. The inspection looked at several issues, including how a force identified people most at risk and how it protected specific vulnerable groups such as missing and absent children and victims of domestic abuse. It also looked at how forces tackle child sexual exploitation. //&! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotherham_child_sexual_exploitation_scandal
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
John Swinney warns of 'tough choices' ahead for Scotland - BBC News
Finance Secretary John Swinney has warned of "tough choices" facing Scotland as he prepares to set out his budget. Mr Swinney said the UK government's recent spending review placed "unprecedented pressure" on public expenditure north of the border. The UK government said Scottish ministers would have £390m more in spending available to them next year. Mr Swinney is due to present his 2016-17 spending plans on Wednesday. The Scottish government argues that cuts imposed by the UK government since 2010 - along with last month's spending review - mean that its discretionary budget will be 12.5% lower in real terms by 2019-20 than it was in 2010-11. Mr Swinney said 4.2% of that reduction would come between now and 2019-20.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Adult social care outlook 'bleak', warns think tank - BBC News
The future for adult social care services in England "looks bleak", a think tank has warned. Chancellor George Osborne announced measures in his Spending Review that would lead to a rise in care budgets. But the International Longevity Centre said that would only "paper over the cracks" and suggested 1.8 million people had unmet needs for care. A government spokesman said authorities now have access to an extra £3.5bn to provide care for vulnerable people. In last month's spending review, Mr Osborne said he was protecting social care budgets by allowing local authorities to raise council tax by 2% and increasing the amount of money available for the Better Care Fund, a joint pot of money used by councils and the NHS to support care services. The report by ILC-UK said data from 326 councils indicated that the areas with the highest concentrations of elderly people would be the least able to raise extra funds. [ AND ALSO THE POOR/DEPRIVED AREAS! ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
France votes to reduce tax on tampons and sanitary towels | World news | The Guardian
Tax rate on the essential hygiene products to be cut from 20% to 5.5% in government U-turn
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ofsted steps into debate over parents' right to choose education - BBC News
The chief inspector of schools has never been afraid of controversy, and with this latest intervention against unregistered schools he is firmly stepping into the debate about how and where people can choose to educate their children.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS rationing 'is denying patients care' as cash crisis deepens | Society | The Guardian
Survey of doctors reveals concern about adults and children being denied treatment, resulting in emergency care or worsening of long-term conditions [...] A survey of doctors reveals that three-quarters said they had seen care rationed in their area over the last year – including treatments such as speech therapy, operations to remove varicose veins, Botox to help children with cerebral palsy move better and even potentially life-saving stem cell transplant surgery. //&! NHS watchdog slams hospitals' handling of patient complaints Dame Julie Mellor warns that three out of four investigations fail to identify serious failings in care as families are often met with ‘wall of silence’ [...] “Hundreds of thousands of incidents of poor care go unreported every year across the NHS precisely because people fear they either won’t be taken seriously or that nothing will change as a result.” //&! https://redd.it/3w2auw
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